EXTINCTIONS AND VANISHING WATERS

There’s a very good chance that the Chinook salmon is going to die for good this year. From the L.A. Times — Paul Thornton, <paul.thornton@email.latimes.com> –comes this heartbreaking bit of news:

“A case in point is what The Times Editorial Board calls the “California salmon wipeout.” For more than a generation we’ve been warned about reengineered watersheds and altered weather patterns posing an extinction threat to the chinook salmon that reproduce in the frigid waters of rivers fed by seasonal snow melt. Now, says the editorial board, Trump-era federal rules have conspired with low precipitation and record-high temperatures to warm streams to the point that the salmon die before they can reproduce. The board warns that allowing an iconic fish species to go extinct in California has profound implications for other animals, including humans.”

I find it hard to stay optimistic in a world full of politicians so toxic that they apparently care nothing about the people they are supposed to represent or even the world in which we all live. I know I’m supposed to keep a positive attitude, but how do you do that? By not paying attention to anything going on around you? Because I think that’s the only way it would work for me.

National Geographic

Every time I read about the death of the last Rhino and the endless passing of the elephants, the burning of the Amazon forests — my heart sinks a little further. Why are so few people so casual about it? Is it because we’ll all die before we see the ultimate carnage we’ve wreaked on our planet and its wildlife. Since we won’t be here, why should we care? Is that it?


Three species of rhino—black, Javan, and Sumatran—are critically endangered. … In Africa, southern white rhinos, once thought to be extinct, now thrive in protected sanctuaries and are classified as near threatened. The western black rhino and northern white rhinos are extinct in the wild.

World Wildlife Federation: Loxodonta Africana, African elephant Feeding by browsing on bush Africa

Meanwhile, African elephants are disappearing at a heartbreaking rate and I have to wonder if any grandchildren I have will ever see a live one?

Or are we REALLY that stupid? We may not live forever, but we have children and grandchildren. What is wrong with us?



Categories: Anecdote, climate, climate change, Ecology, Wildlife

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14 replies

  1. I’m coming to the same conclusion. People are stupid and selfish. If it doesn’t affect their comfort they don’t care. We see examples of it every day . Of course there are those that go out of their way to help others, to be a voice for the animals and to do good where they can but too often they are dismissed as “lefties” and “greenies” who hate progress. It is depressing.

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    • It is depressing. So, I feed the birds and contribute where I can. It isn’t much, but that’s what I have. The rest of the world will have to discover its humanity or it won’t survive. Unless there’s a genuine miracle somewhere in the works.

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  2. I don’t know what’s wrong with us.., and I have a hard time trying to rationalize it. Don’t the humans, of the world, know that within a shorter amount of time than we think, those animals we cherished for many different reasons, will be GONE FOREVER? Even nature controls the hunting habits of natural predators by making them work hard for their food. This means they will often not be successful, resulting in little chance of wiping out whole species. It is Mankind that have invented weapons that make this process very unfair.., not to mention wasteful. For instance: killing elephants for their tusks and leaving the carcasses strewn over the land is disgusting. When a tribesman kills for sustenance, it’s likely that the whole animal will be used by the community. This is a natural process that’s been going on for thousands of years and doesn’t involve total depletion of a species.

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    • I suspect most people don’t care. At all. They live in the city or the suburbs. They have little if any interaction with wild things. They don’t watch birds, they don’t fish. They don’t even hunt — and hunters (not the ones in Africa, but local hunters) — are very good about keeping track of how the wild things are doing. They at least CARE what is going on.

      People don’t care. They figure it’s all a big exaggeration as long as their town isn’t flooded or on fire. If it isn’t personally affecting them, it’s unreal. Why spend money on things about which they don’t care?

      We have created a society that cares only for themselves and maybe their immediate families, but nothing for anyone that isn’t in their immediate circle. They don’t watch the news. They don’t read books. They don’t watch anything that would teach them anything. If they weren’t born stupid, they make themselves stupid.

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  3. What is wrong with us? As a species (and in my very humble opinion) it’s because mankind is irredeemably stupid. Doesn’t learn from past mistakes and keeps stepping on their own tongues because they’re too dim-witted to try to be far-seeing. It’s horrible and I’ve embraced the ‘don’t look because it’s too discouraging” school of thought. That in itself has it’s pros and cons. You’ve told me yourself that not to be informed is to give up caring (paraphrased). Mebbe so. All I’d like to know though is what for? Nobody, not even those who could do something constructive about the problems, will step up. Thanks for the timely reminder of something important Marilyn.

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    • It IS depressing. For a lot of this, I read headlines and maybe a paragraph because I’ve hit my limit. When did we become this stupid? We couldn’t have ALWAYS been this stupid, could we? As far as I can tell, the ONLY thing we seem to be good at is killing each other. War, murder, mass murder — we’re GREAT at that. European descendants of all kinds mostly seem to be good at slaughtering each other. We don’t see the future longer than the next bottom line. Does anyone who has any power really care or is it just showmanship and pretense?

      I really don’t know, but it isn’t encouraging.

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      • One of the main complaints of Native Americans was due to the wholesale slaughter of buffalos, for fun and sport, by passengers of passing trains. “It’s not my fault, I only shot one” multiply his “one” by 1000 and you have 1000 buffalo being killed, a fraction of which, could supply a whole Native American tribe with food, clothing and other supplies for a whole year. WTF? I’m just sayin’.

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  4. Humans are incredibly stupid and short sighted.

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